Are you keen to reinvent yourself in 2015? Or
at least use the new year as a long overdue
excuse to get rid of bad habits or pick up
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of
year when we feel as if we have to turn over a
new leaf. The time when we misguidedly
imagine that the arrival of a new year will
magically provide the catalyst, motivation
and persistence we need to reinvent
Traditionally, New Year’s Day is styled as the
ideal time to kick start a new phase in your
life and the time when you must make your
all important new year’s resolution.
Unfortunately, the beginning of the year is
also one of the worst times to make a major
change in your habits because it’s often a
relatively stressful time, right in the middle of
the party and vacation season.
Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2015 by
vowing to make huge changes that will be
hard to keep. Instead follow these seven
steps for successfully making a new year’s
resolution you can stick to for good.
1. Just pick one thing
If you want to change your life or your
lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing
at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area
of your life to change to begin with.
Make it something concrete so you know
exactly what change you’re planning to
make. If you’re successful with the first
change you can go ahead and make another
change after a month or so. By making small
changes one after the other, you still have
the chance to be a whole new you at the end
of 2015 and it’s a much more realistic way of
Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s
bound to fail either, like running a marathon
if you’re 40lbs overweight and get out of
breath walking upstairs. If that’s the case
resolve to walk every day. When you’ve got
that habit down pat you can graduate to
running in short bursts, constant running by
March or April and a marathon at the end of
the year. What’s the one habit you most
want to change?
2. Plan ahead
To ensure success you need to research the
change you’re making and plan ahead so you
have the resources available when you need
them. Here are a few things you should do to
prepare and get all the systems in place
ready to make your change.
Read up on it – Go to the library and get
books on the subject. Whether it’s quitting
smoking, taking up running or yoga or
becoming vegan there are books to help you
prepare for it. Or use the Internet. If you do
enough research you should even be looking
forward to making the change.
Plan for success – Get everything ready so
things will run smoothly. If you’re taking up
running make sure you have the trainers,
clothes, hat, glasses, ipod loaded with
energetic sounds at the ready. Then there
can be no excuses.
3. Anticipate problems
There will be problems so make a list of what
they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able
to anticipate problems at certain times of the
day, with specific people or in special
situations. Once you’ve identified the times
that will probably be hard work out ways to
cope with them when they inevitably crop
4. Pick a start date
You don’t have to make these changes on
New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional
wisdom, but if you truly want to make
changes then pick a day when you know
you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and
surrounded by positive people. I’ll be waiting
until my kids go back to school in February.
Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s
better to wait until your whole mind and
body are fully ready to take on the challenge.
You’ll know when it is when the time comes.
5. Go for it
On the big day go for it 100%. Make a
commitment and write it down on a card.
You just need one short phrase you can carry
in your wallet. Or keep it in your car, by your
bed and on your bathroom mirror too for an
extra dose of positive reinforcement.
Your commitment card will say something
I enjoy a clean, smoke-free life.
I stay calm and in control even under
times of stress.
I’m committed to learning how to run my
I meditate daily.
6. Accept failure
If you do fail and sneak a cigarette, miss a
walk or shout at the kids one morning don’t
hate yourself for it. Make a note of the
triggers that caused this set back and vow to
learn a lesson from them.
If you know that alcohol makes you crave
cigarettes and oversleep the next day cut
back on it. If you know the morning rush
before school makes you shout then get up
earlier or prepare things the night before to
make it easier on you.
Perseverance is the key to success. Try again,
keep trying and you will succeed.
7. Plan rewards
Small rewards are great encouragement to
keep you going during the hardest first days.
After that you can probably reward yourself
once a week with a magazine, a long-distance
call to a supportive friend, a siesta, a trip to
the movies or whatever makes you tick.
Later you can change the rewards to monthly
and then at the end of the year you can pick
an anniversary reward. Something that you’ll
look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll
have earned it.
Whatever your plans and goals are for 2015
I’d do wish you luck with them but
remember, it’s your life and you make your
Decide what you want to do in 2015, plan
how to get it and go for it. I’ll definitely be
cheering you on.
Are you planning to make a New Year’s
resolution in 2015? What is it and is it
something you’ve tried to do before or
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Culled from LifeHack
Are you keen to reinvent yourself in 2015? Or